OSLO: Norway has decided to reimpose quarantine measures on travellers from more foreign countries and reiterated its advice that Norwegians should avoid going abroad amid a jump in the number of new coronavirus cases.
Norway last week put on hold a plan to further reopen society and urged its citizens to refrain from foreign travel.
While not a member of the European Union, Norway belongs to the passport-free Schengen travel zone. It had some of the strictest travel restrictions in Europe in the early phase of the pandemic before gradually lifting them from June.
It will now reimpose 10-day quarantines from Saturday for all travellers from Poland, Malta, Iceland, Cyprus and the Netherlands, as well as the Faroe Islands and some Danish and Swedish regions.
Norway has already reintroduced similar constraints for Spain, France, Switzerland and several others, and has put on hold a plan to permit leisure travel from some non-European countries, which has been banned since March.
The recommendation not to go abroad will remain in place until October 1.
With a population of 5.4 million, Norway had reported a total of 9,750 cases as of Wednesday, with 256 deaths.
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